UN delivers medications to besieged Yemeni city of Taiz

Geneva (IINA) � The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it had distributed eight tons of medications among hospitals in Taiz, the third largest city under partial siege by rebels in the two-year-old Yemen’s war.

It marked the first time since the start of the conflict that the United Nations negotiated access by direct route to Taiz, crossing Yemen’s frontline to distribute the vital medical supplies, the WHO said in a statement.

“The truck arrived in Taiz City yesterday. The medicines have been distributed to hospitals today,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP. More than 350,000 people are in need of urgent medical aid in Taiz, where pro-government forces are fighting back a rebel assault, the Geneva-based agency said.

Jasarevic added that previously the UN had only been able to get some medical supplies to Taiz via smaller, side roads in the war-ravaged country.

It is noteworthy that UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien was forced last Tuesday to cancel a planned visit to Taiz due to shelling and his motorcade was prevented from crossing the last barrier before the frontline.

Source: International Islamic News Agency